Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

A nurse or other trained health professional will give you or your child this vaccine. This vaccine is given as a shot under your skin (usually in the upper arms).

Children 12 months to 12 years of age should receive 2 doses of Varivax® vaccine, with the first dose given between 12 to 15 months and the second between 4 to 6 years. Teenagers and adults should receive 2 doses and wait 4 weeks between the first and second shot.

Adults receiving Zostavax® should receive only one dose of the vaccine unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

This vaccine comes with a patient information insert. Make sure you understand all of the information in the insert. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Tell your doctor before receiving this vaccine if you are severely ill or if you have a fever greater than 101.3 °F.

This vaccine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you or your child missed the scheduled dose, call your doctor or your child’s doctor for another appointment as soon as possible.